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Do-Division Street Fest 

The Night Marchers, Pelican, the Ponys, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Warpaint, and the Good Life are just a handful of the bands invading an expansive stretch of Division this Saturday and Sunday.

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Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Allison V. Smith

The Do-Division Street Fest returns this Saturday and Sunday (June 5 and 6) with two stages of music and a sidewalk sale that stretches along Division from Ashland to Leavitt, showcasing the wares of local shops, artisans, and restaurants. The two stages, at Damen and Leavitt, are programmed by the Empty Bottle (which has secured the services of "America's Funnyman" Neil Hamburger as emcee) and House Call Entertainment (which books Subterranean and the Beat Kitchen), respectively. Both lineups are solid and eclectic, mixing local and national acts playing indie rock, psych, metal, garage, dance pop, and more. Saturday's bill includes John Reis of Rocket From the Crypt and his band the Night Marchers, Tim Kasher's Cursive side project the Good Life, instrumental metal outfit Pelican, garage punks CoCoComa, and mashup technicians the Hood Internet. Among Sunday's acts are glitch-dance weirdos YACHT, local garage heroes the Ponys, Los Angeles psych troupe Warpaint, retro-soulful Brooklyn hard rockers Earl Greyhound, and Drive-By Truckers splinter group Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. DJs will spin throughout the weekend at the Bass Bubbles & Beats DJ Party at the Wicker Hand Car Wash (2133 W. Division), and the Family Fun Fest (on Hoyne between Division and Crystal) includes live entertainment, face painting, a dunk tank, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, pony rides, and the obligatory "bounce house." The festival runs from noon till 10 PM both days (the Family Fun Fest closes at 6 PM), and the music starts at 1 PM. Admission is a $5 suggested donation, which will benefit the West Town Chamber of Commerce, the Division Street Committee, and four local elementary schools. For more info, call 312-850-9390, or visit

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